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Habitat day - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore
Habitat day


What’s in news?

Department of Science & Technology inaugurated an exhibition titled “Digital Gandhi Gyan Vigyan Exhibition”.

Key data:

  • The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with a technology start-up under incubation by IIT, namely, M/s Vizara Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Delhi.


VR Experience:

  • This is an Immersive Virtual Reality experience based on the life of Gandhiji, with special focus of his life at the Sabarmati Ashram.
  • The visitor wears a VR Headset wired to a computer and experiences the feeling of walking around in the Sabarmati Ashram and gets to view important periods and locations in it by moving physically in the real world.

Charkha with an AR App:

  • This is a fabricated physical model of a Charkha which gets animated when seen through an AR app on a hand-held device such as a smart-phone or tablet.
  • Users gets to know about its history, mechanics and linkage to Gandhiji from the AR App.

Augmented reality:

  • Augmented reality is a computer technology that functions on computer vision-based recognition algorithms to augment sound, video, graphics and other sensor-based inputs on real world objects, using your device’s camera.
  • It is seen as the next big thing in the Internet revolution, especially in learning and practical training space.
  • It is an amalgamation of elements from the virtual environment with the user’s environment in the real-time.
  • It layers digital enhancements to enrich an existing real life setting by appealing to the senses.

Three Basic Characteristics of Augmented reality:

  • Overlay of Real and Digital world
  • Real-time interaction
  • Registration and Alignment in 3D



What’s in news?

World Habitat Day is being celebrated on first Monday of October month.

Key data’s:

  • The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.
  • This was celebrated by the resolution of United Nations General Assembly in 1985 and the day was celebrated for the first time in 1986.
  • The campaign slogan was “Waste-wise cities”. 


  1. To reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. 
  2. To remind world of its collective responsibility for habitat of future generations.


  • The theme fixed every year to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all.
  • Theme of the year 2017 – ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes’.
  • Theme of the year 2018 – Municipal Solid Waste Management.
  • Theme of the year 2019 – Not yet announced. But focusing on Solid Waste Management to create Waste-Wise Cities.


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